Wifi and haunted islands?
For the past four days Rebecca and I have been anchored by Waupoos on Prince Edward County (“the County” to the locals). It’s a beautiful area with dozens of vineyards and wineries. Although the weather hasn’t been great, we were able to get to shore and tour the county with some friends of ours (thanks T and Dave).
One thing that the area does not have going for it though is decent cel service. In fact, this is one of the few places that I have been to in recent years where we can’t consistently get service. And along with a lack of cel service came a lack of internet access as the internal antenna in our laptop wasn’t strong enough to pick up any wifi signals.
So how then am I posting this? Currently connected to our laptop is a N3 long-range wifi adapter. I’ve had this for a while and although I break it out on occasion, I haven’t really needed it and when I have, I haven’t found any open (unsecured) networks. Right now though I have the adapter hanging from one of the bimini supports and have it connected to this laptop with a USB extension cord. Although it is still only pulling in a couple of networks, it is allowing me to connect to one, and one is all it takes! My intention is to buy a much better antenna for the unit and see how it works then. Hopefully that will improve our ability to get wifi signals even more.
- Edit October 7, 2012: Check this page for more current info on how we access the internet.
So what about the haunted island? I don’t want to start any rumors but late yesterday afternoon Rebecca and I took the dinghy over to Waupoos Island to explore a bit. Our greeting to the island came at the hands of a scary-looking rabbit statue. Yes, the name Waupoos I am told means running rabbit but the statue is scary!
Rebecca has a thing against clowns and this was very clown-like.
What is that red stuff on his hands???
After making it past the rabbit we toured the island a far as the “road” would allow. We saw sheep, goats, birds and lots of empty buildings* but no people. Not one! This was a fairly strange walk as the road appears to go right through people’s front yards. I kept waiting for someone to come out and say something but as I mentioned, we saw no one. To us this just seemed a bit too much like the beginning of a bad horror movie!
Walking along the “road.”
No Rebecca, you don’t have to exercise everywhere we go!
Someone had to carry the pack!
Is that sheep giving us the “brown eye?”
One of many empty buildings. Spooky, even in the daytime!
Heading home. Quickly. 🙂
*Google tells us that the empty buildings were in fact cottages.